Elder Scrolls Dumbing Down Chronicled

It’s both interesting and a little sad just how much Bethesda has improved some parts of Elder Scrolls games while quietly removing some of the depth in other areas.  This video from YouTuber Samyoulonline does a pretty decent job of chronicling the changes between the Big Three, Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim.

I must say, some of the more subtle changes for the worst are indeed worth being alarmed about.  If Bethesda doesn’t knock it off what we might wind up with eventually is Elder Scrolls games being nice virtual reality worlds to mess around in but with little story compared to previous entries in the series.  :-\

Skipping The Elder Scrolls Online Beta

Elder Scrolls Online is probably the Skyrim of 2013 for me in terms of how much I’m looking forward to it, but after seeing what Bethesda is doing for beta signups, I think I’ll pass on even so much as thinking of signing up for the beta.

Out of all the beta applications I’ve seen, the ESO one is probably the one that looks the most like a job application.  “Why should we select you?” Etc.  Wow.  Seriously?  People put up with enough of this crap when they apply for JOBS that actually PAY MONEY, never mind VOLUNTEERING to beta test an MMO.  Wrong Attitude, Bethesda, Wrong Attitude.  Seriously, even with Blizzard’s humongous ego I never saw this kind of God-complex crap in any of the World of Warcraft beta signups.

Seriously, enough’s enough with this “we’re awesome and you’re just an insect” attitude these days, even when money’s not involved.

Elder Scrolls Online – The Next Big MMO I’ll Be Keeping An Eye On :-)

Time to add a new category for Elder Scrolls Online, something that ES fans have wanted since the Morrowind days and now is finally becoming a reality.  In the post-Guild-Wars-2 World we have today I’ve been watching the development of various MMOs like ES Online and Final Fantasy XIV’s upcoming relaunch to see whether or not any of these games are taking notice of what Guild Wars 2 did to the genre.  I’m seriously thinking that the success or failure of an MMO will at some point be dependent on whether an MMO is second generation or third generation.  Up until GW2’s launch, the MMO world had fallen into a rut of sorts with the industry consisting of World of Warcraft and everyone trying to be World of Warcraft.  Guild Wars 2 however gave the genre a fresh reboot with some neat new ideas that once you get used to them it’s hard to go back to the way things were before.

Fortunately, it looks so far like Elder Scrolls Online will give Guild Wars 2 a few nods and some of the convenience or quality-of-life features that GW2 introduced will also show up in ES Online, like encouraging cooperative play and making other players always a good thing instead of a bad thing for players.  🙂

This’ll be the game to watch for me, especially with how it takes place before the games we’re all familiar with like Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim.

New Toys!!! New Toys!!! New Toys!!! :-)

The Skyrim Creation Kit is out and the bonus content turned out to be a high-res texture pack for folks with kick@$$ computers.  🙂

Now as soon as everyone and their mother’s uncle stops burying the Steam servers I might actually get to check it out!  😀


Skyrim Creation Kit On February 7th?

Via Facebook:

“For our Skyrim PC fans, the Creation Kit is on track for release on Tuesday. And, we also have a special surprise with it.”

They still didn’t make their January projections on this or the patch, but at least they took their time this time around, though I hope that special surprise is something for those of us who’ve been playing this game since November in its rather buggy state.  😛